Uzi smg


Type Submachine gun
Machine pistol (Mini Uzi, Micro Uzi)
Place of origin Israel
Service history
In service 1954–present
Used by See Users
  • 1950s
    • Suez Crisis
  • 1960s
    • Portuguese Colonial War
    • Six-Day War
    • Vietnam War
    • War of Attrition
  • 1970s
    • Yom Kippur War
    • Internal conflict in Colombia
    • Internal conflict in Peru
    • Angolan Civil War
      Shaba II
    • Rhodesian Bush War
  • 1980s
    • Salvadoran Civil War
    • Falklands War
    • Sri Lankan Civil War
    • Invasion of Grenada[3]
    • Lebanese Civil War
    • 1982 Lebanon war
    • South African Border War
  • 1990s
    • Yugoslav Wars
    • Somali Civil War
    • Sierra Leone Civil War
    • Burundian Civil War
    • First Congo War
  • 2000s
    • War in Darfur
    • Mexican drug war
    • Kivu conflict
    • First Ivorian Civil War
  • 2010s
    • Syrian Civil War
Production history
Designer Uziel Gal
Designed 1950
Manufacturer Israel Military Industries
Israel Weapon IndustriesLicensed by:

  • FN Herstal
  • Norinco
  • Z111 Factory
  • Lyttleton Engineering Works (under Vektor Arms)
  • Group Industries
Produced 1950–present
No. built 10,000,000+[11]
Variants See Variants
Mass 3.5 kg (7.72 lb)[9]
  • 445 mm (17.5 in) stockless
  • 470 mm (18.5 in) folding stock collapsed
  • 640 mm (25 in) folding stock extended
Barrel length 260 mm (10.2 in)

Cartridge .22 LR
.41 AE
.45 ACP
9×19mm Parabellum
9×21mm IMI
Action Blowback, open bolt
Rate of fire 600 rounds/min
950 rounds/min Mini Uzi
1200-1500 rounds/min Micro Uzi 
Muzzle velocity 400 m/s (1,300 ft/s) (9mm)
Effective firing range 200 m
Feed system •10-round box magazine (.22 and .41 AE)
•12-, 16-, or 22-round box (.45 ACP)
•20-, 25-, 32-, 40-, or 50-round box (9x19mm Parabellum)
Sights Iron sights
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The Uzi uses an open-bolt, blowback-operated design, quite similar to the Jaroslav Holeček-designed Czech ZK 476 (prototype only) and the production Sa 23, Sa 24, Sa 25, and Sa 26 series of submachine guns. The open bolt design exposes the breech end of the barrel, and improves cooling during periods of continuous fire. However, it means that since the bolt is held to the rear when cocked, the receiver is more susceptible to contamination from sand and dirt. It uses a telescoping bolt design, in which the bolt wraps around the breech end of the barrel. This allows the barrel to be moved far back into the receiver and the magazine to be housed in the pistol grip, allowing for a heavier, slower-firing bolt in a shorter, better-balanced weapon.

The weapon is constructed primarily from stamped sheet metal, making it less expensive per unit to manufacture than an equivalent design machined from forgings. With relatively few moving parts, the Uzi is easy to strip for maintenance or repair. The magazine is housed within the pistol grip, allowing for intuitive and easy reloading in dark or difficult conditions, under the principle of “hand finds hand”. The pistol grip is fitted with a grip safety, making it difficult to fire accidentally. However, the protruding vertical magazine makes the gun awkward to fire when prone. The Uzi features a bayonet lug.



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